Evaluation Officer
United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (UN OIOS)
Office of Internal Oversight Services
Close on 6 Aug 2020
Location: Entebbe (Uganda)
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and to the General Assembly. The Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) focuses on the conduct of independent inspections and evaluations on behalf of the Secretary-General and the Member States. IED inspections and evaluations are meant to assist intergovernmental bodies and programme managers in assessing the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of Secretariat programmes. In accordance with its mandate, set forth in General Assembly resolution A/RES/48/218 B (and later resolutions A/RES/54/244 and A/RES/59/272), the role of IED is to help assure the accountability of Secretariat programmes for attaining their mandates, while in the process foster institutional learning and improvement, through reflection by programmes and Member States on performance and results.

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Evaluation Officer, P-3 roster. These positions are located in the Inspection and Evaluation Division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services in Entebbe or in other duty stations. The Evaluation Officer usually reports to the Chief of Section in the mission and to the Director of OIOS/IED. The incumbents will be required to travel to remote locations, at times for extended periods, to manage and conduct inspections and evaluations. Inspection and evaluation assignments are undertaken in all areas of work of the United Nations Secretariat, i.e., in the maintenance of international peace and security, promotion of sustainable development, delivery of humanitarian aid, protection of human rights, upholding of international law, as well as in management support and services.

Responsibilities

The Evaluation Officers will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Conduct inspections and evaluations of the Secretariat programmes and crosscutting topics by: (a) undertaking preliminary research of programme data, United Nations documents, reports and other available information, and conducting analyses of existing programme data for consideration in the inspection and evaluation design; (b) developing the inspection and/or evaluation design, including drafting parts of the terms of reference, contributing to the formulation of the inspection or evaluation issues and questions, and developing the project methodology; (c) contributing to data collection and analysis, including conducting interviews, running focus groups, conducting surveys, participating in direct observation, and conducting document reviews; (d) drafting the inspection or evaluation report, including formulating inspection or evaluation findings and recommendations, and providing supporting evidence for the report.

2. Participate in the follow-up to inspection and evaluation assignments by: (a) tracking inspection and evaluation recommendations through OIOS Issue Track; (b) participating in reviewing the results of projects; reviewing relevant documents and reports; identifying problems and issues to be addressed and recommending corrective actions; liaising with relevant parties; identifying and tracking follow-up actions.

3. Provide support to the Division to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of the inspection and evaluation functions by: (a) participating in Divisional work groups on work processes and structures; (b) monitoring inspection and evaluation recommendations in Issue Track; (c) taking on additional Division-wide tasks as assigned, such as administrative, human resource, and/or substantive work tasks; (d) undertaking evaluation outreach functions; assisting in developing and conducting training workshops, seminars, etc., to support evaluation, programme monitoring and management review exercises done by other departments; making presentations on assigned topics/activities; providing substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc.; (e) assisting in preparing the relevant parts of the biennial report to the Committee for Programme and Coordination and to the General Assembly on strengthening the role of evaluation.

4. Participate in Organizational activities related to the inspection and evaluation functions by: (a) participating in the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) task forces, by being an active member in the development of task force outputs for presentation to UNEG Heads at the UNEG Annual General Meeting; (b) providing support to self-evaluation and programme inspections, including reviewing and commenting on evaluation terms of reference and data-collection instruments, offering methodological guidance and advice, and reviewing and commenting on programme-generated inspection and evaluation reports.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, methodologies and approaches relevant to programme and project evaluation and self-evaluation. Possession of good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Knowledge of management principles, policy analysis, and peacekeeping and peacebuilding arena. Tact and persuasiveness in convincing programme managers of usefulness of evaluation techniques and recommendations as a management tool for enhancing quality. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve Organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in social science, public administration, business administration, economics, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in conducting programme evaluation and/or inspection is required.
Two years of experience at the international level is desirable.
Experience in the use of various research methodologies and electronic sources is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in field operations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Evaluation Officer, P-3 roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the assessment process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and, subsequently, will be invited to apply for vacancies in Entebbe or in other duty stations. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the Young Professionals Programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

About UN OIOS

The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is the internal oversight body of the United Nations. Established in 1994 by the General Assembly, the Office assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the Organization through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection and evaluation services.

To carry-out its work, the Office is organized into the following functional units:

  1. Internal Audit Division - audit assesses the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls for the purpose of improving the Organization’s risk management, control and governance processes.
  2. Inspection and Evaluation Division - evaluation assesses the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness (including impact) of the Organization’s programmes in relation to their objectives and mandates. 
  3. Investigations Division - investigation establishes facts related to reports of possible misconduct to guide the Secretary-General on jurisdictional or disciplinary action to be taken.
  4. Leadership - the Office is headed by the Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, Ms. Heidi Mendoza, who is appointed by the Secretary-General, following consultations with Member States, and approved by the General Assembly for one five-year term without possibility of renewal. 
  5. Coordination and Cooperation - OIOS covers all United Nations activities under the Secretary-General's authority, including: the UN Secretariat in New York, Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna, five regional commissions, peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations; assistance to Funds and Programmes administered separately under the authority of the Secretary-General (including UNHCR, UNEP, UN HABITAT, and OHCHR), and other entities that have requested OIOS services such as UNCCD and UNFCCC.